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Birmingham City 3-3 Burnley

Federico Macheda

Birmingham substitute Federico Macheda scored twice as they came from behind three times to draw with second-placed Burnley.

Dean Marney headed the opener for the Clarets before Macheda levelled four minutes after his introduction on the hour-mark.

Michael Duff's header restored Burnley's lead but Emyr Huws equalised from 25 yards soon after.

Sam Vokes put the visitors ahead again before Macheda's last-minute goal.

Burnley were furious at the manner of the equaliser, claiming Manchester United loanee Macheda had handled and that there had been a foul in the build-up.

However the draw increases Burnley's unbeaten run to 13 league matches and moves them eight points clear in the second automatic promotion spot in the Championship.

Birmingham, now on a four-match winless run, moved eight points clear of the drop zone.

Burnley opened the scoring after 30 minutes as their relentless pressure finally paid off, with Marney heading home from close range after Ross Wallace's cross.

Macheda levelled with a low shot under the body of goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Three minutes later Duff headed in Kieran Trippier's angled free-kick but the lead lasted just two minutes as Huws, on loan from Manchester City, levelled with a long-range strike.

Vokes thought he had won the match for Burnley, converting a cross from Junior Stanislas in the 86th minute, only for Macheda to chest in the leveller from Tyler Blackett's cross.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche:

"It was a fantastic point. We came off a massive win against Blackburn.

"People must have wondered if we could go again against Birmingham. Do they have that resilience? Do they have that belief? I thought it was there for all to see as we took the lead three times.

"The fitness of the players was superb. The will and demand was there.

"We didn't play as well as we can but we came away with a valuable point and that is a great sign of how we have played this season."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 37Blackett
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 14Packwood
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 68mins
  • 20LeeBooked at 34minsSubstituted forMachedaat 60'minutes
  • 36Huws
  • 12Novak
  • 7Burke
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forZigicat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Martin
  • 8Ibe
  • 9Macheda
  • 13Doyle
  • 19Zigic
  • 31Caddis
  • 35Rusnák

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Mee
  • 8Marney
  • 4Duff
  • 5ShackellBooked at 90mins
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forStanislasat 62'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 9Vokes
  • 10IngsSubstituted forBarnesat 75'minutes
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forEdgarat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 19Kightly
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
  • 30Barnes
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
16,695

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away22
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Burnley 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Burnley 3.

Attempt missed. Dean Marney (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jason Shackell (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Burnley 3. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyler Blackett with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. David Edgar replaces Scott Arfield.

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Duff.

Dangerous play by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Burnley 3. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Lee Novak.

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Birmingham City. Tom Adeyemi tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Offside, Burnley. Scott Arfield tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Burnley. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. David Jones (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Duff with a headed pass.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Danny Ings because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Ings (Burnley) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester34245565323377
2Burnley351913357302770
3Derby35188960431762
4QPR34179840281260
5Nottm Forest351414755411456
6Reading3515101056411555
7Wigan331671042301255
8Brighton34141193728953
9Ipswich351312104539651
10Blackburn341210123942-346
11Watford341112114941845
12Bournemouth34129134451-745
13Middlesbrough351014114438644
14Huddersfield35128154546-144
15Leeds34128144749-244
16Bolton35913134650-440
17Sheff Wed34912133941-239
18Blackpool35911153049-1938
19Birmingham35910164247-537
20Doncaster3599173254-2236
21Millwall35710183262-3031
22Yeovil3478193049-1929
23Barnsley34611173159-2829
24Charlton31610152441-1728
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